In the classic book The 80/20 Principle, author Richard Koch lays out his 10 Golden Rules of Success, applicable to both business and to life in general. I have my own particular take on them, which is a little different than Koch’s, and are more specific to the creative lifestyle.
To be honest, the reason I’m no longer an RPG blogger isn’t that I don’t enjoy roleplaying games. I do. I play in a weekly Pathfinder group, and we have a blast. I enjoy writing and publishing material for roleplaying games, as a casual glance at the Asparagus Jumpsuit storefront will attest. I’m no longer an RPG blogger because don’t have a deep, abiding passion to effectively write exclusively about roleplaying games. My interest is not at that level any more, and there are other things that I am interested in.
If you’re going to spend a significant portion of your life in a place, be happy there. Find joy in the company of the people you associate with as a result. Enjoy what you do, to the point that you consider it a calling. I love roleplaying games for the creative and social aspects, but it’s not the town I want to live in or the job I want to retire from. I don’t wake up every day wanting to play, or to run a game. I do wake up every day with a desire to write. Katie wakes up every day with a passion to make art and to work with kids.
My disagreement with Koch here is that I don’t think “enjoy” is a strong enough word, and I don’t think “choose” is quite right, either. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to start a business, the type of business might be a choice. As a person looking to make a meaningful life, I think you niche will ultimately find you.